Vision - Oslo Diabetes Research Centre

To prevent and treat diabetes and its complications so nobody will have their lives shortened or their life quality affected.

To make a significant contribution to  knowledge of the aetiology, pathogeneses, treatment and prevention of type 1 and type 2 diabetes through basic and applied research and apply this knowledge to the benefit  of the population.




                  Senior Executive Officer


Professor Kåre I. Birkeland



Mrs Nina Maagaard Holm



About Oslo Diabetes Research Centre


Oslo Diabetes Research Centre is a structured collaboration between researchers affiliated with University of Oslo, Oslo University Hospital and National Institute of Public Health.

Aker and Ullevål Diabetes Research Fund

The fund will contribute to scientific research and development relating to diabetes at Oslo Diabetes Research Centre.

Read more about the fund

Historical background

The Research Centre started as Aker Diabetes Research Centre by New Year 1990. Aker University Hospital has a proud history in Endocrinology and Diabetes.

An anonymous endowment of NOK 1 000 000 made Aker Diabetes Research Fund possible in 1989. Additional donations came from the Norwegian Diabetes Association, Novo Nordisk Pharma and Sev Dahl Insurance.

The Centre was officially opened March 27 th 1990 by Minister of Health and Social Affairs Wenche Frogn Sellæg. Dr. Hillary King from WHO in Geneva gave the key note speech: “Epidemiology of Diabetes. Why is research in Scandinavia so important?

The Centre was planned by Knut Dahl-Jørgensen,senior physician (now professor), Kristian F. Hanssen (now professor) and Professor Øystein Aagenæs (now professor emeritus). Knut Dahl-Jørgensen was chairman of the centre until 1998. Thereafter Kristian F. Hanssen has been chairperson.

The Board of the centre included people from Pediatric Department (Øystein Aagenæs, Knut Dahl-Jørgensen) the Hormone Laboratory (Nils Norman, Egil Haug) Medical Department (Harald Frey, Kristian F. Hanssen) and from the administration of the hospital.

The centre changed name to Aker and Ullevål Diabetes Research Centre when the Pediatric department moved to Ullevål University Hospital in 1999.

When the three University Hospitals merged in 2009, the name changed to Oslo Diabetes Research Centre.

The centre has expanded thoughout the years and now comprises 10 research groups in alle three hospitals within Oslo University Hospital.

It is governed by a board. The leaders of the research groups comprise a steering committee.

The adminstrative organization is under consideration.